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$500,000 reward on offer for recovery of boat engines seized by pirates

OWNERS of the fishing boats that were robbed on July 5, 2014 by two masked gunmen in the Waini area are offering a cash reward for the recovery, or information leading to the recovery, of their stolen 48 horsepower engines.

The pirates had carted off their engines, Global Positioning System (GPS) units and cell phones.

Speaking to this publication on condition of anonymity, the woman said that contact can be made with the owners on telephone number 220-9969 and a reward of $500,000 will be paid.

The woman stated that it is very difficult to replace the stolen engines, since the fishermen who depend on fishing for their livelihood find it difficult to acquire money to buy new engines.

She said that any information received will be treated with the strictest confidence and they are also working in collaboration with the police.

On July 5, 2014 a group of fishermen from the East Coast Demerara were attacked and robbed of their engines in the Atlantic Ocean, in the vicinity of the Waini area, while they were fishing.

Three fishing boats were in Region 1 (Barima/Waini) area closest to the Pomeroon River when a small red boat equipped with an engine with two masked gunmen came up alongside the fishing boats and demanded the crew take off their engines and GPS units and other valuables and hand it over to them.

Although the fishermen were not hurt the incident has left them ‘shaken’ but since fishing is their livelihood they will return to fish as soon as they can replace their engines which cost $960,000 each and the GPS is valued at $23,000 each.

After the incident, the boats were left to drift but they were rescued by passing fishing boats and were taken to Charity Police Station, where a report was lodged.

The pirates who were not interested in their catch demanded the boat engines before speeding away.
Written By Michel Outridge

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